New York: “Rensselaer County’s Republican elections commissioner arrested by FBI”


Jason T. Schofield, the Republican Rensselaer County Board of Elections commissioner, was arrested Tuesday morning by the FBI as he left his residence and was on his way to the county office building where he works, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The Times Union reported in June that Schofield had become a focus of an FBI investigation that led to the guilty plea earlier this year of a Troy councilwoman. The indictment listing the charges against Schofield remains sealed pending his initial appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court.

Mary E. Sweeney, the county’s Democratic deputy elections commissioner, testified before a federal grand jury in Albany last week as federal authorities zeroed in on Schofield’s use of an online portal to obtain absentee ballots.

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